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GOP ridicules White House for using blog posts to announce major Obamacare change

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Republicans are scratching their heads over the White House’s decision this month to announce a major change to President Obama’s health care law through a pair of blog posts.

The Treasury and White House announced on July 2 that it would delay by one year, to 2015, the mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires companies with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time workers to provide health coverage or pay fines.

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But it did not hold a press conference or issue an official statement on the change, which many see as a setback for implementation of “Obamacare.”

Instead, it mentioned the delay about two-thirds of the way down each of its Web postings.

Republicans instantly accused the White House of trying to downplay and shroud the development on the cusp of the July 4 holiday weekend.

Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, told the House Rules Committee this week that not too many people in Washington would advise the president to roll out big news in that way.

“When you are trying to pull a fast one, it’s sure better not to look like it,” Mr. Cole said. “This mystifies me, I have to tell you. That is political malpractice.”

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